Day 66 – Help the Fight Hug

17 HUGS, 7 children, 10 adults (1 husband, 3 neighborhood friends, 3 Brookwood Vet employees, 1 Brookwood Vet customer, 2 Whole Foods employees)

I was looking forward to visiting the Brookwood Veterinary Clinic today. I was only going there to pick up medicine for my dog, but I was hopeful that one particular vet tech would be there. The last time I saw her, I asked about her shaved head and she confirmed that, yes, she has cancer. She had recently been diagnosed and in anticipation of losing her hair she shaved her head. Her attitude was one of resolve and fight. I was incredibly impressed. I knew a neighbor had told her about my blog and I was anxious to include her in my list of people I have hugged. As soon as I saw her, a huge smile appeared on her face. She quickly made her way over for a hug. She let me know that she had checked out the blog and wondered the different impact it makes on different people. I shared some stories (including how wonderful it has been for me). I then took the opportunity to hug everyone else at the clinic that was nearby (including a customer who was patiently waiting for her appointment throughout my hug interruption). As I left I reflected on how amazing the vet tech looked. Her resolve still appeared the same. I don’t know her well, but I have a strong feeling that she can and will overcome anything that life dares to throw her way. I hope my hug helped to provide her a little more strength to fight this fight. My thoughts and prayers are with her during this trying time.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


4 thoughts on “Day 66 – Help the Fight Hug

  1. So what do you think it is….this “thing” that happens when there is this exchange of hugs….I’m wondering. I’ve noticed many of my employees are now seeming to want them…seems some just come up and ask…one of them–I don’t even like because of his lying–but I’m always warmed when he asks for one and I always feel differently once I give it… touching part of community forming? Have we in our aseptic kind of society built a wall around ourselves and we’ve been missing out on a piece of goodness? I mean this is what I notice: body language changes once the exchange happens….when I hug…I often think about the energy of the exchange…if there is hurt..I often make an effort to pull some of that into myself and hold it for a bit……oh here I go…rambling…..I’m curious about what you’ve experienced….what do you think it is that causes the change….Is it because we are saying with our touch…….
    “your important to me” you matter you have worth…….blah..blah..blah….ramble again…your post sparked my own questions this morning ..happy saturday and {{{HUGS}}} one to Mr. Hugger as well–you know anniversary man!

    • I love your rambling, Pam. I have made a note to devote a blog to what you have written here because you bring up interesting points that I have asked myself. I do think that a big piece of it is the “you’re important to me” feeling. Is there more? I often wonder that and I hope I have the opportunity to write about it sometime soon. All I know is that I have come to accept that I will not change the world, but I can change my immediate surroundings and it is not for me to know how far out that might reach. It’s a beautiful thing.

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